With only one month left to the year, 2012 is swiftly coming to a close. December is a notorious Oscar launchpad, but with about 92% of the year wrapped up, I thought it appropriate to begin looking back with different approaches in list form. This week is dedicated to pinpointing those moments that brought the most cinematic pleasure during the moviegoing year. A scene can have a structure and depth all its own like a beguiling short film, or else build upon what surrounds it and thus impossible to imagine out of context. Either way, great scenes act like stunning high points in our memories of watching movies in 2012. I’ll be listing ten next Tuesday, but feel free to let us know how ever many of your favorites you want and discuss what made them stand out this year.
Cinema transcends boundaries of time and space and thought and emotion; at its best it communicates the experience of being truly alive. I've been transfixed by the material ghosts of the movies since an early age, and I can't seem to shake them. Since reading and writing and talking about films are the next best things to watching them, criticism became a natural fit. Whether new or old, foreign or domestic, mainstream or cult, all movies are grist for my mill. Be forewarned, I'm an inveterate list-maker, so look out for rankings, topics, and opinions of all kinds. The AFI's got nothing on me.